Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

November 28, 2016

Promoting handwriting skills in little ones

Meghan Davidson-Palmer MS OTR/L, an occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, recently read a great article from Frog Jump Gazette, a publication from Handwriting Without Tears¬Æ (HWT), about how to support handwriting skills in the classroom. The author shared some great tips to promote good handwriting habits at a young age:

  • Use broken crayons (or shorter pencils) which are easier for younger children to grasp and can help promote a better grasp at a young age
  • Encourage kids to form all letters and numbers from the top of the line for better letter and number formation
  • Practice making letters and numbers with HWT fun and interactive wood pieces
  • Incorporate handwriting time into busy classroom or home schedules

Their website has many detailed ideas and tools.